Paul Jenkins

It must stink to be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Repudiated. Abandoned. Frustrated. One day, he is on top of the world, thumbing his nose at Republicans and the American people. The next? Looking up at the underside of a runaway bus.

Apparently stunned senseless by Tuesday’s Democratic election disaster, Reid appears befuddled.

"The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together," he says. "I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class."

He is, of course, dreadfully wrong and Republicans everywhere should take note: They could be just as hopelessly confused -- and soon -- if they muff the opportunity handed them by the American people...

Paul Jenkins

There is something subliminally irksome about the so-called gubernatorial unity ticket of Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared Bill Walker and hard-core Democrat Byron Mallott. It is hard to pinpoint, like a mosquito’s high-pitched bzzzzzzz near your ear as you fall asleep. But it is there. A warning.

Yes, there is that thing about the ticket being a poll-driven, hand-picked AFL-CIO Frankenstein, spawned in the desperate political reality that neither Walker nor Mallott had the proverbial snowball’s chance individually to beat Republican Gov. Sean Parnell in the general election...

Paul Jenkins

Attack ads bolstering Mark Begich’s quest to retain his Senate seat are enough to make any self-respecting snake blush. To endure them day-in and day-out without developing spiritual callouses, a person needs, as Hunter S. Thompson once put it, the soul of a lizard.

At least one of the ads -- vicious enough to make even the left gasp -- drew national ridicule and scorn. If you give them much credence you would have to believe Begich’s opponent, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan, is the devil incarnate, that Alaska women are not very bright, and that they care only about abortion and free birth control. Heaven forbid they would worry about the economy, or jobs or national security issues. Begich apparently would leave all that heavy lifting to the menfolk...

Paul Jenkins

The initiative process in Alaska is a playground for Outside bamboozlers and monied special interests that want, even need, to dodge the give and take -- the vetting, the debate, the political free-for-all of the legislative process to get their way.

Despite the progressive malarkey and populist romanticism of having the people rise up against “The Man,” initiatives are, as the late Washington Post columnist David Broder pointed out, “alien to the spirit of the Constitution.”

Ballot Measure 2, put on the Nov. 4 general election ballot by initiative, is a nifty example...

Paul Jenkins

If the political left is anything, it is prone to bouts of hypocrisy. The public is catching on to the sad reality that a rational person must take anything liberals say - anything - with a grain of salt.

Take, for instance, the left’s obsessive fascination with the industrialist brothers Koch, who early on became a convenient burr under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s saddle. He hand-picked them, targeted them for a cynical disinformation campaign, a bit of political theater that would do ol’ Joe Goebbels proud. If the Kochs did not exist, Reid would have been forced to invent them...

Paul Jenkins

Watching the grinding, soul-shredding contest for the U.S. Senate seat handed Democrat Mark Begich by our friends in the Justice Department, it is easy to see where each side in the fracas -- desperate for new ideas, any ideas, at this late date -- hopes to find a campaign boost.

Begich and Republican Dan Sullivan are turning the run-up to November’s battle for control of the Senate into a "War of Women." Suddenly, there is one woman after another on television touting the candidates, defending their honor, making their points, countering attacks...

Paul Jenkins

The dope dudes must be scratching their heads, wondering whether their campaign to persuade Alaska voters to legalize marijuana in the November election is -- poof! -- going up in smoke, hijacked by greed, zeal and wackiness...

Paul Jenkins

Sitting down to write this column, I had a lead in mind: A funny thing happened on the way to the trailer park the other night. Alaska’s former first family piled out of a stretch Clampettmobile at a party and stumbled -- proud, rowdy, middle fingers defiantly flying -- headlong into national headlines. Again.

It would have continued: Voices were raised. Punches thrown. Alcohol -- no, say it ain’t so! -- was involved. Perhaps as important, a sick, spellbinding celebrity was involved, too...

Paul Jenkins

With the frenzy surrounding announcement of a Bill Walker-Byron Mallott gubernatorial ticket -- some breathlessly call it “historic” -- you have to wade through a river of populist drivel to get to the meaty question: Who is Bill Walker?

Pardon me for noticing, but Walker -- a guy working hard to be everything to everybody, to be “inclusive” and “nonpartisan” -- is not who many Democrats may hope he is. There is somebody quite different wrapped in the Kool-Aid rhetoric...

Paul Jenkins

Imagine my shock at the headline: “Walker, Mallott Form Union Ticket to Oppose Parnell.” Holy cow! I thought. Finally, the unvarnished truth about this latest bit of cheesy political legerdemain and, boy, are the union guys going to be ticked off.

Ah, but, alas, no. On second reading, the headline actually said, “Unity,” not “Union.” So much for the bald truth in this brave new world of rank political chicanery that for the first time in Alaska’s voting history leaves Democrats off the gubernatorial ballot...

Paul Jenkins

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